So, your baby was just born and you, as first-time parents, are quite excited to bring them into the world. You prepare your baby milk bottle with some of your breastmilk and then feed your baby shortly after being born.
Now, when you are still in the hospital, your baby is always taken good care of by the healthcare providers. However, what do you do after you get discharged and you go home?
Do not worry as I will give you some tips to help you best take care of your newborn after the first few weeks.
Choose a Doctor
Usually, mothers are given the go-signal to go home just 2 days after the baby is born. However, you are expected to give your baby some follow-up visits by the time they reach 3-5 days old and again at 7-14 days old.
If you are new to the place or state, you can ask the hospital for the best pediatricians in the area. Also, if you already have a family doctor, you can confer with them as well since doctors usually have a wide network of other specialists at the ready.
When Giving Them a Bath
Now, it is important that you do not bathe your baby a few days after they are born. That is because they are usually engulfed in this white liquid known as Vernix which is actually a protective shield that keeps bad elements at bay.
There are a couple of things to keep in mind whenever you are bathing your baby. First, always ensure that the temperature of the water is lukewarm. This is the perfect temp for them and anything above or below that can be dangerous to their sensitive skin. To help you know the water’s temperature, you can get a bath thermometer or a bathtub that already comes with its own temperature monitor.
When actual bathing commences, always keep in mind to support your baby’s body, especially their heads since they still cannot control it. You can do this in two ways. Either, you hold their back with your free hand and let your other hand do the bathing/wiping or you can support their head with your free hand and let the rest of their body be submerged in water.
If your baby is still a couple of days old, it is recommended that you do not use any soap or shampoo, even if those products are intended for babies. A simple soak and wipe using clean water should suffice.
When your newborn needs a diaper change, always wipe their bottom with a washcloth followed by some baby wipes. Make sure that their bum is dry before you put the diaper on them.
When the ambient temperature is warm, your baby can do away with a t-shirt, their diaper, or a gown for girls.
If it is cold, you can put them in a onesie. During wintertime, they should be in a sweater coupled with a cap.